The journey of PCEA Thome Church is 20 years long today! It all began in 1995 at a time when the larger Presbytery of Nairobi North included Mathare Parish, with Congregations as Kariobangi North, Githurai, Mathare Valley, Eastleigh and Dandora. Later, this was split and Kahawa outreach was formed consisting of Kariobangi North, Mathare Valley and Githurai congregations under the leadership of Moderator Eliud Nderitu. Githurai later gave birth to Kahawa Farmers and Githurai Churches.
The Kahawa Outreach Kirksession saw the need to plant another church to cater for people who were residing in Ngumba, Garden Estate, Thome and Marurui areas.Elder Geoffrey Thuo was charged with the task of gathering members in these areas with the intention of starting a District and weekly fellowship. Three deacons were appointed to assist him, Tabitha Njeri Ndungu, Margaret Wanjiru Kabogo and the late Jane Wanja Thuo.
The first fellowship washeld at Tabitha Njoroge’s residence, followed by Margaret Wanjiru Kabogo’s. More people continued to join in these fellowships, including Tabitha Gachiengo’s Family alon with another 13 members. Another fellowship was held at Ruth Kamau’s place, by which time the following members had joined the group.
- Daniel Kinyua (late) and his wife Rachel Wangui Kinyua
- Stephen Wainaina Ngacha (late) and his wife Winnie Kabura Wainaina
- Damaris Wanjiku Chege
- Lucy Wambui Kagondu
- Karanja Mweha and Elizabeth Muthoni Mweha
- Captain Patrick Mwangi (late) and his wife Irene Wambui Mwangi
- Francis Thuo Mbugua (late) and his wife Emily Wanjiku Mbugua
- Ruth Wanjiru Kamau
- Mwangi Maraka and Elidah Njambi Mwangi
- Agnes Wambui Ndirangu and,
- Jennifer Njeri Kihara
The group was now becoming big no doubt. They realized that the Thome Association had set aside a plot designated for a Church facility, as confirmed by the then association secretary, a Mr Muchomba. As a result, the church was started in 1994 in this plot.
The first Church was nothing much, only a pitched tent to shelter members from the vagaries of the weather. People around gave it the name “Kiosk ya Mundu wa Githurai”, meaning the kiosk of the man from Githurai. Elder Thuo worked relentlessly evangelizing and ferrying members and the wooden benches to sit on. The membership was now growing and Elder Thuo and his group requested for permission to construct a sanctuary. They submitted the proposed drawing and the Kirksession approved the request.
An implementation committee was selected soon after with the officials as follows
- The Chairman, Geoffrey Thuo
- Secretary, Francis Thuo Mbugua
- Treasurer, Rachel A fundraising was planned Wangui Kinyua
- Copted members, Winnie Kabura Wainaina and Kamau Kitek
- and it was agreed that only family members and Christian friends would be invited, leaving out political leaders. Members pledged cash and materials for the construction of the first mabati Sanctuary. Eighteen pews were also donated. By this time Gods hand was clearly guiding the leaders and the membership had grown to 40 in that short time. There were now two districts, namely Central and District 1.
Elder Thuo requested permission to move with his family to Ruai where he had acquired a new home. He handed over to Elder David Kamunya, who was a little later joined by Elder Mrs Mary Ruhiu. Elder Kamunya also left soon after leaving Elder Ruhiu in charge. Agnes Wambui Ndirangu and Joseph Mwema were oon after ordained and joined Elder Ruhiu in the leadership of the church.
In 1998, the Church bought another three plots under the leadership of Elder Ruhiu. The late Moses Mbugua joined the church leadership as an elder. The Gateway plot was later bought and in 2005, the church split giving birth to the Gateway congregation. About 65 members remained in Thome.
It was in the year 2003 that the church was officially opened by the Right Reverend Jesse Kamau, in preparation of setting up of the Githurai Parish. By the year 2010, Githurai was split and Thome Parish was born. The small group that remained resolved to build a permanent Sanctuary, where we are today. The membership has since grown steadily to 450 Christians.
The church has acquired other plots for future projects such as the Thome Commercial Plot, Ruiru and and Kangundo. Currently all members have unanimously agreed to gear all their efforts towards the completion of the Sanctuary upstairs as demonstrated in the recently held in-house harambee. As we celebrate today, the mood is in excitement mode!
All the groups have been very vibrant and there has been several community service projects such as support in paying school fees for various needy students. Others have included helping people with physical challenges and pastoring and evangelizing in neighboring institutions.
Chronology of Church Ministers
The ministers who have served can be classified into three headings, ie while the Church was under Kahawa outreach, Under Githurai Parish and as Thome Parish. These are;
- Rev Eliud Nderitu
- Rev Willy Ndegwa
- Rev Jonathan Ole Lira
- Rev P K Mbagara
- Rev Gioko
- Rev Peter Kinyanjui
- Rev David Ikinya
- Rev Alfred Mugendi Kanga
- Rev James Mureithi Kaniaru
We can only say that this far, the Lord our God has been with us every step of this journey. He has been our strength, hope and joy. He is the ROCK on which we stand. As we celebrate this great achievement, we all GLORY and HONOR to our God Almighty.
THEME: Arise, shine for your light has come. Isaiah 60:1